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Project by RGtools posted 08-13-2011 10:42 PM 1363 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife recently started wanting to make hats. A hat block, shaped roughly like someones head is very useful for this endeavor. I found this wood in my shop from thing Grampa left over, it was finger jointed all over the place but you could very easily get short lengths of it. It looks like oak but it’s soft enough to dent with a thumnail (and I am told the a bet of give on a hat block is easier on needles). The wood just invites hand tools to shape it. I could do just about anything I pleased in any direction without breaking it apart (except when I meant to and it broke the way I wanted).

This was a very fun few hours with handplanes, drawknife, scrapers and a bit of sandpaper. One thing I was thankful I did: when I glued up the blank I left one piece about 4 inches overlong so I could very easily clamp that in my vise or in a hand-screw that was then clamped in my vice. This made fairing the curve with a drawknife much easier.

I look forward to making more. My wife had already put this one to use.

Simple oil and wax finish. The end grain soaked it up.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan





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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 05:37 PM

dude- you gotta keep the workshop door shut- birds keep flying in and landing on your projects!

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Don W

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 06:09 PM

hmmm, a block head. I’ve known a few. Is that what you call “putting a feather in your cap”?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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RGtools

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 06:58 PM

Don-I knew someone would do the blockhead pun it was only a matter of time.

Stumpy you always crack me up.

On a personal note I have decided to make a lot more of these, there are infinite variations to play around with and the challenge should be fun to blog about…and my wife didn’t bat an eye when I said I needed a few hundred bucks for some carving tools.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 07:02 PM

wow, a reason to buy tools and permission to boot. Got to love that project.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mafe

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 10:42 PM

You have a lucky wife, with a wonderful hobby.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 11:28 PM

We are very lucky to be well matched in our passions. I look forward to when she makes me a fedora. People should start wearing hats again in America.

How has your grumpy steed been treating you?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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mafe

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 12:56 AM

I wear hats always and have done so for years, but heck I’m born off beat…
Is the grumpy steed my fionce or my shaving horse? Both treat me nice!
Big smile.
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#8 posted 08-15-2011 01:28 AM

I wanted to make that joke, but I decided against it for politeness sake. Great minds think alike.

Hats are wonderful, though I get strange looks when I wear them.

Grinning here too.

Ryan

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#9 posted 08-15-2011 04:22 AM

I’m a hat wearer. Its easier than combing my hair.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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RGtools

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#10 posted 08-16-2011 02:39 AM

I just shave it off.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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